I am cutting out a P-51 Mustang for a 2x4 contest. I modeled the wings and tail but when cut they are basically flat. Can anyone give me direction to get a more 3d height on the wings. They are very flat and very thin. Attached is the c2d file and a picture of the cut out wings.
I see 2 modeled objects, but no shaded areas showing what they are.
Measuring the sections off to the side, I get these dimensions…
Wing Top: 0.160" Bottom 0.110 Total 0.270
Tail Top: 0.054" Bottom 0.043 Total 0.097
Putting the parting line for both at the same height, 0.110 from the bottom,
I built the wing as a Round, 45°, limit height: 0.160, with a base height of 0.110.
And the Tail as a Round, 45°, limit height: 0.054, with a base height of 0.110
For the flip side you would use…
Wing - Round, 45°, limit height: 0.110, with a base height of 0.160.
Tail - Round, 45°, limit height: 0.043, with a base height of 0.160
I added tabs as 3D objects as well, just to make sure the 3D paths don’t cut too low.
I defenitely need to do some sanding and I have to cut the wings in half and make some tenons to apply to the plane. Here is the P-51 body that is just cut from 3/4" stock. I need to use the scroll saw to thin the tail and the front but that is minor.
If this works I will cut one out of hardwood for myself to display. I need to draw up some landing gear so the plane can sit on a table. There are a lot of images on the internet on the P-51 Mustang.
I have a top view and will print that and stick it on the model and then use a scroll saw to cut it down at the tail and the front. The fuselage is about the right width but I need to make the canopy a bubble. Then I will use my oscillating belt sander to smooth it up. When assembled I will paint it silver and maybe paint on some decals.
Our Wood Workers Club of East Texas has an annual 2x4 contest. Our contest is October 1, 2022. Previously I had posted pictures of a Letters to Santa mailbox. I was going to enter that but I found the plane and liked that better. You can only enter one item. The Letters to Santa wont go to waste because our club participates in a Christmas Craft Show and that mailbox will be there at the booth for kids to write their letters and give the parents a flyer about the club. The stand is not part of the contest but is for the display of the mailbox.
Made progress on the wings today. I had them modeled with help from @Tod1d and I needed to make some tenons on the wings to glue into the mortise on the body. I created the tenon by creating 3 rectangles and cutting pockets on the two on the ends all the way through and the center one to leave 1/8" to fit into the body mortise. I need to do the same thing to the tail. I also got the body cut down on the scroll saw. I had images from the internet and I sized them in CC to fit my project. I exported the fuselage and opened it in Affinity Designer. The image was too big and then I remembered that CC exports at 96 DPI and Affinity opens at 72 DPI. So when I finally found the menu to change to 96 DPI the model was the correct length which is 6". I glued the printed paper onto the airplane body and used my Hegner Scroll Saw to cut it down.
So after I got the wings cut out and cleaned up I temporarily attached the wings and took the P-51 for a spin around the shop. I felt like a kid flying my airplane. Fun Fun Fun.
Dont know if I will win the 2x4 contest but it has been a bang creating this from scratch.
I finished my P-51 model for the 2x4 contest. I used very little of a 8 foot 2x4. I painted the plane silver metalic and the base flat black. It is drying. I used two 1/8" dowels in the base and one on the plane. This was a really fun project to make. I used CC Pro to model the wings and tail and my scroll saw to cut the fuselage down from 3/4". The wings and tail have a mortise and the wings and tail have a tenon. I used super glue to attach the wings and tail. Sanded and primed and painted the model. I was gonig to model some propellers but have decided against that. Next week when I get back home I might paint the USAF decals on but might just leave it alone. Tomorrow I am traveling to Houston and taking my family to see ZZ Top, Jeff Beck and Heart. Vroom Vroom Tat Tat Tat 50 caliber machine gun firing.